Employment Opportunities


Senior Fellow, U.S.-China Relations

The Center for the National Interest seeks to hire a Senior Fellow to lead projects on U.S.-China relations and U.S. policy toward China. The successful candidate will be a competent and accomplished self-starter with expertise on one or more key areas including: U.S.-China political and security relations, U.S.-China economic relations, U.S. policy toward China, Chinese foreign policy, China’s economy, and Chinese domestic politics.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Helping to define program priorities and run the program on a day-to-day basis;
  • Planning and organizing regular meetings focused on topical issues in U.S.-China relations, including political, economic and security issues as well as China’s domestic politics;
  • Writing policy-oriented articles and reports, including for the Center’s magazine The National Interest and www.nationalinterest.org, commenting in national media, and speaking regularly at the Center and other organizations;
  • Conceptualizing, writing and submitting proposals to foundations and other organizations, in consultation with the management, to develop and expand the Center’s projects related to China and U.S.-China relations;
  • Supervising a part-time program assistant and one or more volunteer interns, as needed.

A graduate degree in a related discipline or equivalent professional experience is required;  Chinese (Mandarin) language proficiency is highly desirable. A Ph.D. and/or government experience are a plus. Competitive salary and benefits.

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, professional biography, references, and one or two policy-oriented writing samples to Paul Saunders, Executive Director, Center for the National Interest at info@cftni.org.


Program Assistant/Receptionist: Center for the National Interest-Washington DC

The Center for the National Interest seeks a program assistant/receptionist to support programs focused on the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific, as well supporting the Center’s Chairman.  The program assistant/receptionist will report to two of the Center's senior staff and be available to the management for other assignments as needed.

Duties include:

Answering telephones and greeting visitors;

General administrative support, such as keeping schedules, making travel arrangements, filing, submitting expense reports, placing telephone calls, and typing and editing correspondence;

Organizing seminars and other events, note taking, and writing summaries of meetings and events;

Updating and editing the website;

Typing and editing articles, reports, books, and other published products;

Coordinating the activities of program interns;

Providing research support; and

Completing other tasks as necessary.


B.A or B.S. is required. M.A. or M.S. is desirable. Office experience preferred. Experience in a policy institute or similar environment and demonstrated interest in international affairs are strongly preferred. Salary is competitive.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and one or two writing samples to Robert Cantelmo, Assistant Director, Center for the National Interest at info@cftni.org.



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